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Self-catering holidays in Central Portugal villas

Ask anyone who has been to this lovely area of Portugal and they will say that the best words to describe it are ‘authentic and untouched’. The area really is the green heart of Portugal, with vast variations in the landscape and incredible scenery for you to explore during your stay in any one of our villas in Portugal. From the majestic Serra da Estrela, with the highest point in Portugal's mainland, to the amazing beaches of the Costa de Prata (Silver Coast), the region offers something for everyone and for any holiday type.

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Rent one of our holiday homes here and you can walk or cycle through the lush forests, along the crystal clear rivers, through beautiful valleys and authentic villages, where you can still feel and see the influence of Roman times. You can also enjoy the glorious and impressive coastline of the Costa da Prata during your stay in your chosen holiday homes in Portugal. With its many lively seaside towns, sandy beaches and incredible waves that form a mecca for surfers, Central Portugal offers something for everyone.

A medieval experience

You will find no less than 16 world heritage sites in Portugal, an impressive number for a country of this size. Central Portugal is known for its many castles and treasures dating from the Middle Ages, which tell a vivid story of the history of Portugal. There is a route that takes you to 20 of the most exciting attractions, something that you should definitely look into when renting one of our self-catering villas in Portugal if you are interested in history.  The capital of Lisbon is located south of the region, along with the famous city of Sintra, which is also on the world heritage list thanks to its beauty and historical significance.

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Spectacular holidays surrounded by nature

Central Portugal boasts an incredibly varied and dramatic nature, perfect for those who want to relax in beautiful surroundings during their self-catering Portugal villa holidays. The mountains are a beautiful mix of lakes, forests and valleys.  These areas are popular among the Portuguese and tourists alike.  During your stay in one of our villas in Portugal you could take a hike up the beautiful slopes and experience one of the most beautiful countries in Europe in a new way whilst immersing yourself in the wonderfully diverse nature and getting up close and personal with the native wildlife.

Holiday homes and apartments in Portugal

NOVASOL has a large selection of holiday homes in Central Portugal, spend your holiday self-catering villas and apartments and experience the authentic Portuguese food and culture, as well as having the opportunity to explore the other parts of the country. Discover the local, markets and the beautiful scenery before heading back to your holiday home, perhaps to take a dip in the pool and enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal made with local produce.  It is an important part of the Portuguese culture to eat out, and the Portuguese do so regularly, so you could always sample culinary specialties in a nearby restaurant. 

European self-catering holidays – Portugal holiday villas

If you want to rent a NOVASOL holiday home in Europe and dream of a holiday destination with sun, beautiful surroundings, delicious food, exciting history and much more; then we would recommend one of our beautiful Portugal holiday villas or apartments.  Why not book today and look forward to experiencing all that this lovely sunny country has to offer.  Enjoy the relaxed pace of life, the warm hospitality of the people and a rich, appealing culture - making sure not to miss out on an authentic taste of the heart-warming Portuguese cuisine.  Portugal is a land of many treasures just waiting to be discovered…

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Villa holidays in Portugal with NOVASOL

During your stay in our holiday villas in Portugal you will have the opportunity to explore the incredible scenery of this region, there are countless attractions to see and many cities to visit.  By choosing one of our holiday homes in central Portugal you will have access to one of the most authentic areas in Portugal where you have the perfect opportunity to experience Portugal in the same way that the locals do it every day. There are so many things to do in Portugal, from exploring little local villages to visiting some of the important historical sites.


Situated on the banks of the Mondego River, Coimbra, with about 140,000 inhabitants, is the capital of the region. This historic city was founded by the Romans and was in the Middle Ages the capital of the country. You will find wonderful ancient monuments and an interesting cultural heritage, along with many nice restaurants and bars, which are also typical of the lively university city.

Serra da Estrela

This mountain range is 2,000 meters high, the highest in the country and is especially known for its bizarre rock formations, such as 'Cabeça de Velha - Old woman's head, which actually resembles the head of an old woman.


This lovely coastal town, with its wide beach, hit headlines, as the highest wave ever recorded surfed by a human being, occurred here. But do not be afraid of this, because the best sandy beach lies in the shelter of the rocks. It not only makes Nazaré a place where you can enjoy the best waves in Europe but also an ideal destination for sun, sea and fun.


As one of the largest pilgrimage sites in the world, there is no doubt that this is one of the most famous places in central Portugal. In 1917, Virgin Mary appeared for the first time for the three shepherds, Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco.  Two years later, the local population built a small chapel on the site Mary had shown, and in 1930, the Roman Catholic Church officially authorized the worship of the Holy Virgin of Fátima. You do not have to be religious to be impressed by this famous place


This picturesque little fortified city was a wedding gift from the 6th King of Portugal; Dom Dinis to his wife Isabel, back in the 12th century. Although it is a small town, it contains a relatively large amount of historical buildings and churches from that era.